Wednesday 17 June 2015

I've been a bit crafty this week !

A few weeks ago, I spotted a blogpost on Dragons & Fairydust that mentioned a crafts competition run by Hillarys. Back in the days before I had a blog (which means a whopping six years ago - how time flies !), I used to be a keen crafter, spending hours doing cross stitch and patchwork, all by hand. These days, the kids, the blog and the full time job all conspire against me so I just don't have the time any more but my sewing fingers were itching to get creative again, even if just for a one-off project.

Hillarys offered to send each entrant a piece of fabric from their new range of blinds and curtains fabrics to create their masterpiece. I opted for the stripey Hatti Raspberry motif because I thought the stripes could be used to create a very effective patchwork design using a diagonal checkerboard design. Now what to make? I decided to make something useful rather than just decorative so my first thought was to create a shoe tidy/wall hanger tidy (like the one I made here) because they're a great way of keeping everything at hand. However, time was short and I didn't really have enough of the fabric so I put my thinking cap back on.

Juliette came up with the perfect idea - "Mum, I need a new pillowcase and I don't want Barbie or Strawberry Shortcake any more". Hmmm your wish is my command ! How about this one, darling daughter?!

After sewing up a simple pillow case, I used the offcuts to spell out a little message for my Directioner daughter - can you read it? Yes, I heart 1D ! When she saw it, she squealed and ran off to her bedroom hugging it !

The whole thing only took about an hour to make (by hand - it would have been even less using a sewing machine) so it's inspired me to start crafting again, even if I won't be tackling anything as ambitious as my past projects. 

How did I ever find the time to create this quilt, all cut and sewn completely by hand !

Disclosure : I received the fabric in order to take part in the crafts challenge.


  1. Your quilt is great, things are even better when they are hand made

  2. You're so talented! Go you!

  3. Nawh such a sweet idea, and the fabric is perfect for a pillow case!
    Good luck!



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